The village farce
PUBLISHED: 07:10 02 February 2013
Re: Lympstone Parish Council
This is not a long letter as there are not many words to be wasted on a council which does not act on behalf of the village it represents, but I hope that some of our councillors are hanging their heads in shame.
They alone have made a complete farce of the neighbourhood plan.
A lot of hard work was done by volunteers to get this plan in place for East Devon so that we as a village could say where we wanted building and how large the sites, but that has all gone out of the window by not supporting us against the development on land west of Strawberry Hill outside our village building boundary.
We asked a councillor to come and speak at the management meeting on the January 8 this year about the neighbourhood plan, in the hope that it could have helped sway the outcome on the judgement, but he refused. It was noted by the chairman of the management committee that no one from our council was there to support us and he did express his surprise.
Inevitably the site was approved for the 15 houses to be built but this land has been entered into the SHLAA process so could end up with 80+, so through their ineptitude as councillors they have opened the flood gates for a lot more developments outside the building boundary, that is if even that exists anymore.
All along we have had to fight to get any information on this site, first being told councillors knew nothing about it until two years ago, and then we find they seem to have been in talks for the last seven years.
Our petition of 62 signatures we were told meant nothing, yet it was accepted by East Devon for the objections. All along they have been no help at all even with a councillor coming to the previous management meeting in November and speaking on its behalf.
When it was deferred until January so they could get details of other sites within the village boundary to be built on, and how the outcome was of our neighbourhood plan, not one councillor would come and give us their support. It has all been unbelievable that certain people voted on to our council to act on our behalf decide that they think they know best and make a complete and utter mess of the whole village.
Mrs P Squire